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On the first day of the New York state legislative session, advocates and some legislators called for limits on solitary confinement in state prisons.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling for the legalization and regulation of marijuana for recreational use by adults, his third attempt in as many years to get the drug fully legalized in the state.

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Another inmate death in the New York State Prison System has prison reform advocates calling for emergency action. 

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The New York State Department of Corrections is suspending visitations at all state prisons effective Dec. 30, as coronavirus cases surge both inside and outside correctional facilities.

Niagara Falls stabbing victim dies

Dec 17, 2020

The victim in a stabbing attack Tuesday evening in Niagara Falls has died from his injuries.

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The city’s Office of Public Integrity has concluded that neither Mayor Lovely Warren nor anyone in her administration violated departmental policies or ethics codes in their handling of information about Daniel Prude’s arrest and his death at the hands of Rochester police officers.

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Progressive activists and lawmakers held a virtual rally across New York state on Tuesday, calling on Democrats to pass sweeping criminal justice reform next year now that the party has a supermajority in the state Senate.

Former state trooper pleads guilty to rape

Dec 10, 2020
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A terminated New York State trooper has pleaded guilty to raping one woman and impersonating a law enforcement officer to gain personal information from two others.

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A Buffalo Public Schools teacher is facing up to life in prison for drug trafficking.

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The state Attorney General’s Office on Friday released six redacted video clips of Daniel Prude’s fatal encounter with Rochester Police officers, all of which came from the officers’ body-worn cameras. The Attorney General’s Office released the videos along with body and dash camera footage of Troy Hodge’s fatal encounter with police in Lockport.

Mayor of Massena, NY arrested on drug charges

Dec 2, 2020
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The mayor and former police chief of Massena, NY was arrested Tuesday afternoon on alleged drug charges, tampering with evidence and failing to comply with a police order.

A Buffalo man was virtually arraigned in Erie County Court Tuesday afternoon in the fire-related death of his girlfriend's mother.

The Erie County Sheriff's Office said 27 inmates within a specific housing area at its Alden Correctional Facility have tested positive for COVID-19.

A Buffalo man pleaded guilty in State Supreme Court Tuesday to attempting to kill a woman with a samarai sword.

Kenyatta Austin, 28, of Buffalo was sentenced In Erie County Court Monday afternoon to 64 years to life in prison.

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New York State has a free program that protects the location information of domestic violence survivors. This week, it expanded to allow any victim of domestic violence, stalking, sexual offenses or human trafficking to apply online.

A Buffalo man charged in the death of his girlfriend's young daughter was arraigned in State Supreme Court Wednesday.

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Charges have been pressed against suspects in two homicide cases from last year, including the shooting death of a young mother in the Town of Tonawanda and a double homicide in the City of Buffalo. Two of the four suspects are tied to both cases.

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A Franklinville man charged with displaying a knife and uttering racial slurs during a Buffalo Black Lives Matter protest this summer is free, pending his next scheduled court date. Erie County's District Attorney, meanwhile, hints that court date may not happen due to anticipated actions before then.

A Buffalo teen was virtually arraigned Tuesday in Buffalo City Court on a felony charge of third degree insurance fraud, plus misdemeanor counts of offering a false instrument for filing, falsifying business records and falsely reporting an incident.

Rochester grand jury convened in Daniel Prude case

Nov 10, 2020
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A grand jury has been convened in the Daniel Prude case.

The Erie County Sheriff's Department has arrested a Niagara Falls man, following an assault and stabbing at an apartment complex on Grand Island late Sunday afternoon.

A Lancaster woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to two felony counts of second degree grand larceny, in connection with the theft of over $223,000 from her employer.

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A Quebec woman accused of sending a poisoned letter to U.S. President Donald Trump will be held in a Washington D.C.-area jail until her trial.

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The Erie County District Attorney's Office has announced the arraignment of a 25-year-old Buffalo woman in connection with a bicyclist hit during a protest at Niagara Square.

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New York is considering transferring certain elderly and immunocompromised incarcerated individuals out of a state prison in Elmira, where nearly 600 positive COVID-19 cases have been diagnosed over the last month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday.

But Cuomo stopped short of saying he would grant any additional clemencies to incarcerated people in Elmira, instead defending his administration’s handling of the virus in state prisons.

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The Buffalo man who was shot by a Buffalo Police officer after allegedly hitting another officer with a baseball bat last month is being held at the Erie County Holding Center pending $15,000 bail and mental health tests.

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Buffalo is continuing to reshape its Police Department, with the Common Council on Tuesday approving the purchase of 85 Tasers and the training to go with them.

New Yorkers in 4 cities protest, as Elmira prison hits 565 COVID-19 cases

Oct 28, 2020
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Protests were held Tuesday in four locations across New York over the growing number of state prison inmates infected with the coronavirus. There have been outbreaks in at least four prisons: the Greene, Clinton and Cayuga correctional facilities and in Elmira, where 565 inmates have now tested positive for the virus -- the largest outbreak in a New York prison since the start of the pandemic.

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Crime Stoppers is offering rewards for information regarding two area homicides.